2007 ARVO/Pfizer Ophthalmics awardees announced

Rockville, Md. -- The ARVO Foundation for Eye Research announced today that Lloyd P. Aiello, MD, PhD, and Ashim K. Mitra, PhD, have been selected to receive the 2007 ARVO/Pfizer Ophthalmics Translational Research Award during the Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) to be held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in May 2007. The Foundation is a supporting organization of ARVO.

The ARVO/Pfizer Award is presented to honor excellence in research and fundamental scientific discoveries, concepts and novel technologies, leading to clinical evidence of diagnosis, prevention, or amelioration of the pathological eye and/or an understanding of the normal vision processes. The award is presented to two researchers annually. This award is funded by the Foundation through a grant from Pfizer Ophthalmics.

Aiello was selected for his outstanding achievements as a model bench-to-bedside clinician scientist in demonstrating the importance of VEGF in neovascularization, developing anti-VEGF therapy, and involvement of PKC and treatment based on this finding in diabetic retinopathy. He is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard University Faculty of Medicine, and a past recipient of the Charles Schepens Award in Research and the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award. Aiello has served on a number of editorial boards including that for ARVO's Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science.

Mitra was chosen for his innovative research in ophthalmic drug delivery, including both the identification of functional drug transporters in the cornea and the introduction of new analytic techniques. He is Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Research and Director for Translational Research at University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Medicine. Mitra is also a Curators' Professor and Chairman of Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of Missouri. In 2002, he received the American Association of Phar

Contact: Elinore Tibbetts
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

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